Social Issues


Can apprenticeships save young people from the threat of AI?

#artificialintelligence

At the Adecco Group, we are building innovative tailor-made apprenticeship programs that link youth, educators and employers in countries where our role as employer allows for such a solution. As an example, our Youth Employment Solutions (YES!) program in North America has introduced 2,500 students and educators in Kentucky to the merits of work- based training. We have secured permanent employment for 93% of participants in their chosen field and created a pool of skilled candidates through work-based training in the most sought-after industries, including healthcare, welding, IT, supply-chain management, business administration and engineering. Building on this best-practice and through continued partnerships with further States and companies, we pledged to facilitate 10,000 work-based learning opportunities in the US, with an emphasis on apprenticeships, by 2020.


Bots Are the Future of Artificial Intelligence in CRM

#artificialintelligence

You got that right; bots are slowly becoming better customer care representatives in the way they interact in chats. Software developers are in haste to better chatbots because well…customers are growing more impatient nowadays. So, before web visitors get bored of inefficiency or immature functioning, the "artificially intelligent" bot intervenes. These computer programs are able to practically keep customers on a website through either text or auditory conversations. To grasp more about Customer Relation Management (CRM), let's delve a little bit into the CRM software.


The future of work will be AI--how will you prepare?

#artificialintelligence

The future of work in the realm of technology can be a scary thought--many minds turn to Kubrick's HAL 9000 or even the actual reality of workplaces implanting RFID chips into their employees. But the future of artificial intelligence and work can be easier digest if you know what's coming; and it's definitely coming. Forbes reports that by 2022, one in five workers will have AI as their co-worker, and Human Resources needs to start preparing today for totally automated roles in the future. If you look at the amount you are already interacting with chatbots outside of work, that can be a good indication of how employees may be speaking with departments like HR. Those concerned that their job might be in danger shouldn't worry.


Couple to warn of artificial intelligence dangers in Port Townsend presentation Peninsula Daily News

#artificialintelligence

Two people will warn against artificial intelligence in a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday. Meg and Peter Lumsdaine, who are working to establish the Tree of Life education and retreat center, will present "AI: Replacing Humanity and Nature? What We Can Do to Defend Life from Technological Dangers in the early 21st Century" at the Port Townsend Friends Meeting building, 1841 Sheridan St. A sliding scale donation of $10 to $20 to support Tree of Life center's educational work is requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The talk is sponsored by Port Townsend Friends Meeting.


Don't Fear AI, Fear Human Stupidity

#artificialintelligence

Last year, the famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking quipped that artificial intelligence was "either the best or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity." He's not alone in that sentiment. For each proclamation that AI algorithms will transform the world for the better, there seems to be a dystopian counterargument that the technology will doom humanity. Proponents of the latter view often invoke Terminator-like imagery to drive home the risk super-smart robotic overlords will soon pose to humanity. This view, however, has nearly as much in common with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, first published in 1818.


A Blended Environment: The Future of AI and Education Getting Smart

#artificialintelligence

Oftentimes when people think of artificial intelligence, images of robots, Skynet and a central command center immediately come to my mind. I think of that scene from Terminator 2, when a heavily armed robot crushes a human skull beneath his feet. He's controlled by another robot, who calculates every human move with efficiency and precision. But that's not really what AI is. AI is more complex than that.


Forget algorithms. The future of AI is hardware!

#artificialintelligence

First, a quick historical journey: in 1958 the first integrated circuit contained 2 transistors and was quite sizable, covering one square centimeter. By 1971 "Moore's Law" had become evident in the exponential increase of performance of integrated chips; 2,300 transistors packed in the same surface as before. By 2014 the IBM P8 processor had more tan 4.2 billion transistors and 16 cores all packed at 650 square mm. Alas, there is a natural limit on how many transistors you can pack in a given piece of silicon, and we are reaching this limit soon. When Google announced that its algorithms were able to recognize images of cats, what they failed to mention was that its software needed 16,000 processors to run in order to do so.


How Artificial Intelligence will Transform IT Operations and DevOps

#artificialintelligence

To state that DevOps and IT operations teams will face new challenges in the coming years sounds a bit redundant, as their core responsibility is to solve problems and overcome challenges. However, with the dramatic pace in which the current landscape of processes, technologies, and tools are changing, it has become quite problematic to cope with it. Moreover, the pressure business users have been putting on DevOps and IT operations teams is staggering, demanding that everything should be solved with a tap on an app. However, at the backend, handling issues is a different ball game; the users can't even imagine how difficult it is to find a problem and solve it. One of the biggest challenges IT operations and DevOps teams face nowadays is being able to pinpoint the small yet potentially harmful issues in large streams of Big Data being logged in their environment.


University Of Washington - Jeff Bilmes, Department Of Electrical Engineering Professor - The Challenges And Future Of AI And Machine Learning - Future Tech Podcast

#artificialintelligence

Having studied and worked in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence for over 25 years, Professor Jeff Bilmes has a different view of the field than many people have heard. Recently, he has been excited by the science of information management as it relates to machine learning–in other words, how to make large data sets smaller and more efficient. This is important for AI and machine learning, as the field is, at its core, about how to teach computers to solve complex tasks. Large and inefficient data sets make it more difficult for this to occur and significantly add to the cost of teaching computers with indirect algorithms. That the field has come so far in such a short time is due to three factors–big data and big information, large amounts of commodity vectors for supercomputing, including GPUs, and expressive mathematical "deep" models–but there is still much work to be done.


Tech predictions for 2018: Drones, crypto, and the rise of the robots

#artificialintelligence

The pace of technological change can seem exciting and daunting in equal measure. From Amazon to Uber, tech giants saw their practices and business models scrutinised more deeply than ever before, while regulators sought to get their arms around a rapidly evolving "new economy", driven by disruptive technology. While we can only guess at what's around the corner, here are five things to watch out for this year. Read more: A robot tax won't fix our public funding crisis Machine learning comprises a key component of artificial intelligence whose use is set to grow. Many businesses, especially consumer-facing ones that analyse data (think Google Translate), will start to deploy it, with high-end smartphones being a good example of where we can expect continued early adoption.